Oil, Gas Industry Sues 2 Front Range Towns Over Fracking Votes

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado’s largest oil and gas industry group has filed a lawsuit against two Front Range towns that voted last month to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The suit from the Colorado Oil & Gas Association against Fort Collins and Lafayette joins an earlier lawsuit against the town of Longmont. The latest suits were filed Tuesday in Larimer and Boulder counties.

Voters in the three towns voted to ban fracking, something the industry says towns aren’t able to do.

The City of Fort Collins placed a five-year ban on all fracking within city limits. The City of Lafayette amended its home-rule charter to ban all oil and gas development.

A fracking ban vote in Broomfield is under a recount, with the results in legal dispute because of questions about voter eligibility.

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